THE MASK OF ZORRO
With the slash of a steel blade and the mark of a 'Z', he defends the weak and exploited and avenges the wrongs committed against them
With the slash of a steel blade and the mark of a 'Z', he defends
the weak and exploited and avenges the wrongs committed against
The Mask of Zorro is a sweeping romantic adventure of love
and honor, of tragedy and triumph set against Mexico's fight for
independence from the iron fist of Spain. It is also a rousing,
often hilarious swashbuckling fable about how a roguish outlaw
whose only knowledge of a sword is that "the pointy end goes
into the other man" is transformed into an elegant hero.
It has been 20 years since Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins)
successfully fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the
legendary romantic hero Zorro. Imprisoned for two decades, he
now must find a successor to stop Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson)-the
powerful, former Spanish governor of Alta California who cost
de la Vega his freedom, his wife, Esperanza (Julietta Rosen),
and his daughter, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones)-who is making plans
to purchase California from Mexico's president, General Santa
Anna. Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas), a bandit with a troubled
past, is transformed by Don Diego into a new Zorro who he hopes
will help him foil Montero's schemes once and for all. Tracing
the heroic story of these highly-charged relationships, The
Mask of Zorro follows the new Zorro as he assumes de la Vega's
mantle and enters into a romantic relationship with a woman close
to his predecessor's heart...
Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart
Wilson and Matt Letscher star in The Mask of Zorro, story
by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Randall Johnson. Screenplay
by John Eskow, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. Executive producers
are Steven Spielberg, Walter Parkes, and Laurie MacDonald. It
is directed by Martin Campbell and produced by Doug Claybourne
and David Foster. The film is a production of Amblin Entertainment/TriStar
The character of Zorro has captured the fancy of every generation
since his humble beginnings on the pages of a pulp novel in 1919.
For over five decades, young and old alike around the world have
been infatuated with the brave and gallant swordsman who rights
wrongs and defends the weak and oppressed.
The Mask of Zorro is based on the character created by
Johnston McCulley, a police reporter who wrote pulp fiction stories
on the side. McCulley's Zorro (Spanish for 'fox') was a compilation
of England's fictitious Scarlet Pimpernel and notorious real-life
figures such as the California outlaw Joaquin Murieta, who fought
gold-rushers who overran Mexican settlements; Salomon Maria Simeon
Pico, a highwayman who was part villain, part Robin Hood; and
Jose Maria Avila, a bandit and passionate Mexican revolutionary.
Zorro first appeared in McCulley's serialized novel "The
Curse of the Capistrano." Soon thereafter, the black-masked
avenger became a screen legend when Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., portrayed
him in the 1920 silent film The Mark of Zorro. Two decades
later, Tyrone Power starred in a successful remake of The Mark
of Zorro with Basil Rathbone and Linda Darnell. Republic Pictures
also featured the character in five 12-chapter film serials beginning
with Zorro Rides Again in 1937. In 1957, Walt Disney introduced
the Zorro television series, starring Guy Williams, which became
one of the most popular shows of the Golden Age of Television.
In 1975, French actor Alain Delon appeared as the famous masked
swordsman in another big screen adaptatio
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